I'm Emerson aka. "Skinny" and I draw a lot. Welcome to the nerd zone.
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No, haha! The first letter of my surname is Z (it’s a very obscure Italian surname). I just tend to abbreviate it to Z.
We had a super time at Oz Comic Con Melbourne this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came by to see Chromi and I and to say hi/buy stuff. You were all awesome and made our first artist’s alley experience absolutely fantastic :}
Oh hey I think I remember you? 0: I just had a look at your blog and I think I recognise ya! Thank you for stopping by, I’m really glad you liked our work! And thank you for the good wishes, too, friend! B) Will you be there tomorrow?
Thanks for an awesome day at Oz Comic Con from Chromi and I! Looking forward to seeing you all at Kid Neon again for day 2 :}
Almost all set up for Oz Comic Con Melbourne! Just got a few more things to do tomorrow morning and we’re all done. Come see Chromi and I tomorrow at table 42, Kid Neon!
Yes, I will be! I’ll be at table 42 (Kid Neon) with the other half of the Kid Neon collaborative illustrative artistic SUPER DUO, my good buddy and partner in crime Chromi. Come see us for cool stuff and free lollies!!!
I used to use a Wacom Intuos4 but I’ve recently gotten the Wacom Intuos Pro (medium size) special edition!
Sure thing friend! I’ll try to do the best I can. Keep in mind that FireAlpaca is still very much a new program and it’s being updated all the time, so you may encounter a few difficulties or things that you can’t do with it! Regardless, it’s still an awesome free program, especially for beginners.
Okay, now for the tips…
1. Practice lots! This is always the first thing I tell people when they ask me about digital art. Look up tutorials (SAI ones will probably work in FA too), play with the different brushes, download new ones, etc. Practice makes perfect, especially with digital art. You will not get professional looking work on your first shot - don’t set the bar too high for yourself! Start simple and work towards what you’d like to achieve!
2. Experiment with the correction setting. FireAlpaca, like a number of other art programs, offers a pen stabilizer for smoother lines, and it’s wonderful! The correction setting is located at the top of the window on the far right.
I use it at the highest setting (19) because I have a very shaky hand, but you can play with it and pick a setting that you like! I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of clean lineart like I am.
3. Experiment with your brush settings. You might be able to draw stuff you like with the default brushes, but part of being an artist is experimenting, I think! You might end up with something you love.
There are a few different kinds of brushes, too - Pen, AirBrush, Watercolor, and Blur. Play around with them! When you’re using bitmap brushes, there are even more settings to mess with, too.
And, finally, 4. Mess with the layer settings. If you’ve never tried digital art before, you are probably not familiar with the different layer settings. To be honest, I mostly just play with them as I go and find things I like. A quick Google search will probably provide you with more information on them.
The most useful, I think, is Multiply - I use solid colours on this setting with the opacity turned down a fair bit to shade my work.
I hope this helped! Have fun - I’d love to see what you get up to in FireAlpaca *v*